Dear St. Thomas’,
How many days is Christmas? That’s right, 12! Christmas Day is the beginning, not the end, of the holiday season.
So it is with Easter. There are 50 days of Easter, with Easter Sunday marking their beginning (and Pentecost their completion). And then, every other Sunday of the year is yet another celebration of the Resurrection: we are a Resurrection people. That’s what our faith is all about.
We celebrate not only the resurrection of some guy named Jesus, but our own: he has promised that death has no permanent claim on us. Instead, like Jesus, we will be raised to live forever in God’s presence.
Day-in and day-out, this is the story that defines who we are and how we live.
Join us this Sunday as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord – and God’s sure promise to us.
This weekend is a Kitchen of Hope food distribution. Contact Vivian H. if you would like to help out!
The St. Thomas’ Sunday School is providing a special Easter egg-hunt with the Easter bunny for families, one at a time, by appointment. Please contact Barbara K. if your family would like to participate.
Our Foundations of Faith course continues for four more weeks. Join us online on Wednesdays at 7pm. This week’s topic: The Story of the People of God: The Covenant People Israel. See https://www.stthomasglassboro.org/zoom/ for connection information.
The St. Thomas’ Vestry meets this coming Thursday. Vestrys meeting are generally open to anyone who wants to bring a question, concern, or comment. Minutes are posted monthly on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.
Each year the Diocese ECW grants Student Service Awards to graduating seniors and students continuing their college education. We encourage all our qualifying church members to apply for this award. Find instructions and the application here. The deadline to apply is May 1st.
St. Thomas’ is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, 4 May, from 2pm-7pm. Sign up online or use sponsor code: St. Thomas Glassboro
The state of New Jersey has open a “pre-registration portal” for residents to sign up to receive vaccination against Covid-19. Sign up at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. You might also call around to local hospitals or pharmacies to see if they have openings in their own distributions of the vaccine. One resource suggested by others in our Diocese is the Vaccine Spotter website. It can help you find pharmacies with available appointments. Finally, the Diocese of New Jersey is offering assistance for anyone having difficulty making an appointment.
The CDC has provided guidance for those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Some protocols are relaxed among “fully-vaccinated” persons in private settings. For as long as not everyone has access to the vaccine, we will as a parish observe the protocols that keep everyone – including the unvaccinated – safe. This is a matter of justice: we do this in order to be in solidarity with all God’s children.
Announcements for the bulletin or parish email are due into the office by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 856-881-9144. Announcements are subject to editing due to limited space.
Download this week’s bulletin or see the online versions.
Lectionary readings for this week: Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31, Psalm 133
Lectionary readings for next week: Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48, Psalm 4
Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Andrea, Bob, Jimmie, Chuck, Jimmie, Jerry, Gary, Carl, Bill, Jeannie, Zenaida, Kass, Joan, Michael, Dee, Carmela, Howard
This Weekend at St. Thomas’
- Saturday, 6.00pm: Holy Eucharist in the Nave (limited capacity: RSVP here)
- Sunday, 8.00am: Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall and on Zoom (limited capacity: RSVP here)
- Sunday, 9.00am: Online Sunday School for pre-school to pre-teens
- Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Eucharist Outdoors at St. Thomas’
- Sunday, afternoon: Holy Eucharist at St. Thomas’ (recorded)
- Sunday, 6.00pm: Youth Group Online
Contact Dan O. for details.
Weekdays at St. Thomas’
- Daily Morning Prayer (Monday through Saturday)
- Monday, 4pm: Centering Prayer
- Tuesday, 6pm: Small Group Bible Study: Hebrews
- Wednesday, 5.30pm: Holy Eucharist (outdoors at Lychgate)
- Wednesday, 7pm: Foundations of Faith via Zoom
Online events hosted by St. Thomas’ are accessed via Zoom: instructions here.
Summit on Building and Equipping the Beloved Community
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.
Join us for an engaging forum grounded in sacred scripture that will educate, inspire, and energize all participants for active engagement in the work of building and equipping the “Beloved Community” by addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice.
Register for the Summit on Building and Equipping the Beloved Community
Learn more about Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of New Jersey.
See a calendar of Saints of the Episcopal Church.
Which Saint will you remember today?
See the official St. Thomas’ calendar or a list of upcoming events.
Are you serving in liturgy? Check the rota!
Saturdays, 6pm: Holy Eucharist
in the Nave: limited to 12 pews of up to two people each
Sundays, 8am: Holy Eucharist
in the Parish Hall and online
Sundays, 9am: Sunday School
online: for children
Sundays, 10.30am: Holy Eucharist
outdoors, rain or shine
Sundays, 6pm: Youth Group
online: for teens
Mondays, 4pm: Centering Prayer online
Tuesdays, 6.30pm: Small Group Bible Study online
Wednesday, 5.30pm: Holy Eucharist
outdoors, rain or shine
Wednesdays, 7.00pm: Foundations of Faith online
Daily on Weekdays: Morning Prayer
Emergency Pastoral Care:
Call this number if you have a pastoral emergency, such as an alert about an ailing parishioner, a hospital stay, a death in the family, or to request last rites. Leave a message and with a phone number for your call to be returned.